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Unions sign up to three-year deal

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The first year of the three-year 8% pay deal for nurses and non-medical NHS staff was officially accepted by all but one of the NHS unions yesterday.

A joint statement by Unison, RCN, RCM, CDNA, GMB and six other allied health professional unions officially accepted the 2.75% uplift recommended by the Pay Review Body, which forms the first year of the deal.

This means nurses will see the increase in their pay packets from next month after a pay circular was issued instructing all NHS trusts to implement the changes.

However Unite refused to sign the statement and has announced its intention to ballot for strike action in August.

The statement noted the 2.4% and 2.25% pay uplifts for years two and three could be ‘significantly below’ inflation.

It added the unions will continue to gather evidence on inflation and will trigger a reopener clause to get the NHS Pay Review Body to increase the awards if rates remain high.

The statement added: The unions would expect the Government to implement any recommendations to maintain the living standards of NHS staff. Failure to maintain the living standards of NHS staff could lead to unions conducting industrial action ballots.’

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